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JASPERS Stakeholders meeting in Malta on 15-16 April, 2013

JASPERS fifth Stakeholders meeting took place in Malta on 15-16 April, 2013. The event was attended by over one hundred representatives of the JASPERS beneficiary countries and by JASPERS' partners (EIB, DG Regional Policy, EBRD and KfW). Stakeholders Meetings are an opportunity for partners and beneficiary countries to discuss issues of mutual interest and to provide feedback to JASPERS.

The 2013 meeting was structured around three sessions:

1)   The practice of JASPERS cooperation / Lesson learnt in the 2007-2013 programming period

2)   The activity of JASPERS in the 2014-2020 programming period

3)   The transition between the two programming periods 

 

 

Each of the three topics was discussed in round tables and a spokesperson in each table summarised the discussion, creating an appropriate framework for interactive discussion and exchange of ideas.

 

There was a general agreement that JASPERS adds value and an overall positive assessment of the support received from JASPERS with specific benefits in terms of deadlines for approval of projects, felxibility and objectivity.

The proposal to have JASPERS act as an Independent Quality Reviewer (IQR) was welcomed and there was unanimous support for JASPERS newly launched knowledge tool, the Networking Platform.

Member States representatives emphasised the importance of having the right expertise in the IQR function in order to guarantee its independence, including from JASPERS project preparation work.

 

 

JASPERS' Stakeholders meeting in Zagreb on 13-14 June 2012

JASPERS fourth Stakeholders meeting took place in Zagreb, Croatia on 13-14 June, 2012. The event was attended by over one hundred representatives of the JASPERS beneficiary countries and by JASPERS' partners (EIB, DG REGIO, EBRD and KfW). Stakeholders Meetings are an opportunity for partners and beneficiary countries - the 12 Central and Eastern European Member States and Croatia - to discuss issues of mutual interest and to provide feedback to JASPERS.

In his opening remarks Jaksa Puljiz, Croatia's Deputy Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds, underlined the importance of JASPERS support to prepare projects eligible for grant assistance under Structural Funds

At this year's meeting, structured around six panel sessions, the Commission outlined the remaining challenges for the existing programming period (2007-2013) and the latest developments of the new Regulations.

JASPERS also presented to its Stakeholders a Networking Platform, currently in a start-up phase. This platform is aimed at spreading best practices and to host interactive forums on topics of interest for the JASPERS community.

EIB's Vice President Anton Rop, who represented the Bank's Management Committee at the meeting, praised the contribution of JASPERS to improve project quality and the absorption of funds.

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JASPERS assistance extended to Croatia ahead of EU accession

JASPERS will assist Croatia in the identification and preparation of projects eligible for grant assistance under the EU Structural Funds and the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA). 

The terms and conditions for this assistance, which was specifically requested by Croatia, were formalised in a Contribution Agreement between the Commission and the EIB that was signed on 22 December 2011.

In 2011 JASPERS began its work in Croatia, providing input for the preparation of infrastructure projects. The main focus is on environmental and transport projects but support can cover projects in other sectors, such as knowledge economy and fight against climate change, which become eligible for support after EU accession and are a priority for the EU 2020 strategy.

 

JASPERS Stakeholders' meeting in BUDAPEST on 7-8 April 2011

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JASPERS held its third Stakeholders meeting in Budapest, Hungary on 7-8 April 2011. The first such meeting took place in Krakow, Poland in May 2009 and the second in Sofia, Bulgaria in June 2010. The specific objective of this year's meeting was to identify measures to better assist countries/managing authorities/final beneficiaries in improving the quality of submissions as well as streamlining the application process. The event was attended by some 100  representatives from managing authorities and line ministries from the JASPERS-supported countries, and by representatives of JASPERS partners, including the Commission (DG REGIO), EIB, EBRD and KfW. 

In his introductory remarks to the first session on “JASPERS Strategy 2011-2013”, Rudolf Niessler (Director, DG REGIO) said: "In  the next two years, according to the latest forecast, 264 applications will be submitted. The quality of these applications will be crucial. On our side, we should consider taking important steps to increase the efficiency of processing of applications".

The second session, chaired by Agustin Auria (Head of JASPERS, EIB), included an analysis of interruption letters; of the guidelines for the preparation and review of applications; of the new Completion Note format; of the imprtance of progress bilateral and trilateral meetings; and of the key remaining horizontal issues. 

On 8 April, Matthias Kollatz-Ahnen (Vice President, EIB) chaired the morning session, continuing the discussion on the outstanding points of the second session and taking a closer look at the future of JASPERS after 2013. "JASPERS is unique at creating public knowledge and at establishing public and collective memory. Nothing, however, can replace the public administration and the role of the managing authorities. In the long run, nothing can be really effective without ownership", said Mr Kollatz-Ahnen.  

Mr Kollatz-Ahnen also chaired the third session, focussing on the future perspectives of JASPERS and including an overview of the timetable and process for the preparation of new Regulations and a debate on the Member States' views on the future demand for JASPERS.   

All panel discussions comprised presentations from the managing authorities participating at the meeting and were followed by a lively debate.  

 

JASPERS-supported Kopernik Science Centre opened in Warsaw

 

The Kopernik Science Centre project, a cultural institution located in the very heart of Warsaw, on the bank of the Vistula River, was  started  in 2006 at the joint initiative of the City of Warsaw, the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Polish Ministry of National Education . The mission of this Centre is to promote  learning and education, as well as to inspire  dialogue around science, culture and education.

The project is worth 431.6 M PLN (approx. 95.2 M EUR) and an application for EU co-financing of 207 M PLN (approx 45.7 M EUR) has been prepared with the support of JASPERS. The Kopernik Science Centre in Warsaw was opened to the public on November 5th 2010. 

The Centre organises interactive exhibitions, workshops and events dedicated to children, young people and adults aimed at helping understand the wide context and essence of phenomena, rather than tell the story of scientific progress, as in traditional museums of technology.  

 
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